LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The women's water polo team fell Friday night on the road in their match against No. 3 UCLA. The Tigers would drop a 10-7 decision to the Bruins at Spieker Aquatics Center moving their record to an overall of 8-8, 1-0 in conference. UCLA improves to 24-8, 3-0 in conference play.
Pacific vs. UCLA - In Case You Missed It:
- Despite an early goal by Kyra Christmas (6:13) and slow start to the match for the Bruins, UCLA would find their mark in the first period scoring 4-0 unanswered goals to take an early 4-1 advantage over the Tigers. The Bruins would hold on to their lead for the rest of the match adding three goals in the second quarter enter halftime with a 7-2 edge.
- The Tigers responded with a run of their own in the second half, however, scoring five of their seven goals to pull within three scores. Christmas led the charge tallying two in the third period for her fifth hat trick of the season.
- Two last minute goals by Viktoria Szmodics (2:22) and Savannah Fitzgerald (:42) brought the Tigers within reach, down 10-7. UCLA would eventually hold on after that point, however, for the victory.
- UOP shot 2-8 from the field in the first half while the Bruins would convert 7-11 shots on goal. Pacific's four exclusions in the half would also help UCLA build their lead as their last three goals in the second period would come off of powerplay opportunities.
Up Next For the Tigers:
- UOP will regroup tomorrow and play their second conference match of the season in a head to head against No. 22 Azusa Pacific.
- The Cougars are currently 14-12 this year following an 11-8 loss to Fresno State Friday night.
- Match time for the two teams is set for 11:00 AM at Citrus College Aquatics Center.